Our resilience in the face of insurgency attracted N2bn project — UNIMAID VC

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, says the institution’s refusal to close down at the peak of Boko Haram insurgency has attracted a N2billion Distance Learning project.

He said that the project, which, was courtesy of Alhaji Muhammad Idimi, a philanthropist and founder of Oriental Energy Resources had a state-of-the-art facility among other things, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

While appreciating Idimi for deeming the institution fit for a project that would impact positively on the lives of the people within and outside Borno, he assured that the university would continue to work towards maintaining its name as a Centre of Excellence.

“We are moving on as a university and we are at our best now. Presently, all our programmes in the university have been fully accredited and about 21 more are due for accreditation this November,” he said.

The VC recounted the school’s ordeal at the heat of the insurgency, saying that the number of applications for admission dropped to as low as 3000 per session.

“The early years of insurgency affected the number of applications received. We were used to receiving applications in tens of thousands. However, when the insurgency started between the 2010 and 2011 session to 2013 and 2014 sessions, the applications for admission received both in terms of UTME and Direct Entry reduced to below 3000.

“By 2014 and 2015 session and 2016 session, however, we received 60,000 applications and at that time our admission quota was only about 8,100. By 2017 and 2018, admission request was almost 80,000 and our admission quota had increased to about 10,000. The admission quota is now 11,000 but our applications have always been in around 70,000 and 8000 requests per admission,” he said.

Shugaba further disclosed that besides a drop in the number of applications, external examiners kept away from the institution at the peak of the insurgency.

“We have now improved our collaboration with universities within and outside the country. We have collaboration with universities in Malaysia, Thailand, China and most of the Asian countries as well as the UK and U.S